Sunday, February 20, 2011

Quebec man sentenced to 25 to life for luring woman he met online to death

A Quebec City man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of a woman he met over the Internet and whose body has never been found. An emotionless Alain Perreault, 48, was sentenced Friday [February 11, 2011]morning to life in prison without possibility for parole for 25 years for the death of Lyne Massicotte.

A jury came back with the guilty verdict after three days of deliberation. Perreault met Massicotte in a chat room on the Internet and arranged a date in Quebec City in July 2003. Massicotte, a single mother, travelled there from her home in Chambly, Que., and vanished after the encounter.

Despite numerous searches, Massicotte's body was never found. The jury heard that Perreault admitted on video during a police sting operation he had killed Massicotte.The operation involved a fictitious criminal organization with an undercover officer posing as a crime boss.

During his trial, Perreault denied any involvement in Massicotte's slaying.

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